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Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

Singer: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Record Label: Parlophone

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Psychedelic anthem or a kid’s nursery tale?
NIDHI GUPTA  29th Oct 2011

Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds is the super hit and super controversial song from the Beatles' 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Since the song's title became an acrostic for LSD, because of which the BBC banned it. Lennon and the rest of the Beatles have denied this consistently ever since.

According to John Lennon, the song was inspired by his son Julian's painting of a girl called Lucy O'Donnell in his nursery class. He said that the title's abbreviation (LSD) was purely coincidental and had not occurred to him till somebody pointed it out after the release of the album. "The image," he said in an interview, "was of Alice (In Wonderland) in a boat." The fact that the song depicts someone following a "girl with kaleidoscope eyes" through bizarre terrain did nothing to prove Lennon's words. He later declared that the song was dedicated to Yoko Ono.

This righteous response did nothing to stop the album from becoming the band's highest selling album of all times. Rolling Stone magazine described the song as Lennon's 'lavish daydream' while others went on to flag it as one of the hallmarks of psychedelic rock music. Paul McCartney, in an interview in 2004, said that it was easy to overestimate the influence of drugs on the music of the Beatles, but their music was too important for them to mess up.

Speculation has been rife about Lennon's trippy state while writing this song, but most avid followers seem to conclude that if he has denied it so vehemently, it must be true, especially since the band has casually admitted to using drugs elsewhere. Lucy O'Donnell, later Lucy Vodden, the original muse, died in 2009.

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